Fedora 21 on a Macbook Air

freedom-infiniti-fedoraAfter going around and around try­ing to get usb boot media work­ing with my Mac­book Air, I final­ly came across a gem that did the trick. I had an EFI par­ti­tioned disk and regard­less of using Unet­bootin, Yumi, and Lili, I was only able to boot just to receive this error:

error: file ‘/isolinux/vmlinuz0’ not found.
error: you need to load the ker­nel first.

The fix was to clean up my usb disk and then use Rawrite32. I found these instruc­tions on the fedo­ra project wiki under Win­dows Quick Start.

First, I had to blow away every par­ti­tion on my usb device. Note: Take care to list disk and select the cor­rect disk before run­ning clean.

C:\> diskpart
DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> select disk 1

Once com­plet­ed, down­load and install Rawrite32. When you launch Rawrite32, select Open. You’ll have to hit the drop down to show all files so you can select the ISO. Under tar­get, you should see your USB device to write to.  Hit Write to disk… and you should be ready to boot once it does it’s thing.



Fedora 11 Beta: First Reactions

It seems like just yes­ter­day that I got home from Iraq and refreshed my lap­top (Dell Lat­i­tude D610).  I ran Fedo­ra 8 the entire time I was in Hab­baniyah.  After get­ting home, I was excit­ed to get a chance to skip 9 and go right to Fedo­ra 10.  I didn’t use it long before I got a new lap­top (Dell Lat­i­tude D630).  Lin­ux nev­er made it on the new lap­top.  After I read a review of Fedo­ra 11 Beta, I fig­ured it was worth a shot.  I down­loaded Gpart­ed LiveCD, opened up 20GB of space and popped in the DVD.  I split this post­ing into three sec­tions: the good, the mediocre and the ugly. Read More